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Lesson 3. Creating a New Presentation - Pg. 12

12 Chapter 3. Creating a New Presentation In this lesson, you learn several ways to create a presentation. You also learn how to save, close, and open an existing presentation. Three Choices for Starting a New Presentation PowerPoint offers several ways to create a new presentation. Before you begin, decide which method is right for you: · The AutoContent Wizard offers the highest degree of help. It walks you through each step of creating the new presentation. When you're finished, you have a standardized group of slides, all with a similar look and feel, for a particular situation. Each slide created includes dummy text that you can replace with your own text. · A design template provides a professionally designed color, background, and font scheme that applies to the slides you create yourself. It does not provide sample slides. · You can start from scratch and create a totally blank presentation. The means that you build the presentation from the ground up and create each slide in the presentation (beginners might want to use the wizard or templates until they get a feel for the overall design approach used to create a cohesive slide presentation). Plain English Design Template --A design template is a preformatted presentation file (without any slides in it). When you select a template, PowerPoint applies the color scheme and general layout of the template to each slide you create for the presentation. Creating a New Presentation with the AutoContent Wizard With the AutoContent Wizard, you select the type of presentation you want to create (such as corporate, sales, or various projects), and PowerPoint creates an outline for the presentation. The following steps describe how you use the AutoContent Wizard: 1. Select the File menu and select New. The New Presentation task pane appears on the right of the PowerPoint window, as shown in Figure 3.1 (if the Presentation task pane was already open in the window, you can skip to step 2).